February 7th, 2012
Two gas leaks within 24 hours in Conover forced several residential evacuations and road closures.
First responders and gas crews responded to leaks Monday night and Tuesday afternoon near the main entrance to the Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover.
Fire officials say both leaks started when utility crews cut a gas line while installing new equipment for AT&T.
â€śThey were doing some underground boring and ran into it,â€ť said Claremont Fire Chief Gary Sigmon. â€śWhen youâ€™re digging, that can happen.â€ť
Maiden Town Council appointed a new town resident to fill a vacant seat on the elected body.
Details from Maiden leadersâ€™ Monday night meeting only in Tuesdayâ€™s print and online editions of The O-N-E.
In Newton, city leaders are investing about $24,000 for improvements to its compost facility after a citation from state inspectors. The decision opposes staff recommendations to close the facility and begin depositing leaves and brush in the county landfill.
Entering Tuesdayâ€™s first and second rounds of the dual team state wrestling tournament, Newton-Conover is rolling.
The Red Devils, tied for 10th in the country in wins with 38, try to capture something that has evaded them the past few seasons â€” a state championship.
It starts with a first-round match-up against Ashe County.
N-C wrestling coach Eddy Clark said it all starts with a formula.
Newton-Conover High School's athletic director will soon leave the post.
Ericia Turner, who has served as NCHS' AD for three years, accepted a job directing athletics in the Alamance-Burlington Schools system.
â€śThis job just came along,â€ť Turner said. â€śOnce I learned about the position, I got excited about it. I thought it was a good position for me. When I got selected, that was my confirmation.â€ť
Turner has tendered a 60-day notice to Newton-Conover City Schools (NCCS).
For the third-straight season, a Bandys girls swimmer is the best in the Catawba Valley 2A.
Senior Michaela Beatty, who placed in the top three of each of her individual events Saturday at the 2A regionals, won the 2012 CVAC girls swimmer of the year. She claimed the award in 2010 and 2011 as a sophomore and junior, respectively.
Beatty is the only girl from a Catawba County school represented on the CVACâ€™s all-conference teams.
Joining her as All-CVAC are Draughnâ€™s Haley Brinkley, Emily Farris, Alexis Lynn, Elizabeth Phillips and Karoline Pittman.
The extortion and obstruction of justice case involving ex-district attorney candidate Shawn Clark was delayed Monday after lawyers sought to resolve an â€śadministrative issueâ€ť in the case.
Clark, a defense attorney based in Hickory, is accused of issuing threats and false affidavits to cover up an alleged sexual relationship with a former client, Tiffany Turnmire, in 2009.
The charges against Clark surround a series of alleged incidents that occurred a few months prior to Clarkâ€™s May 2010 district 25 attorney primary race against incumbent James C. Gaither Jr.
Tuesday, Feb. 7
Bandys basketball vs. East Burke
Bunker Hill basketball at Maiden
Maiden basketball vs. Bunker Hill
N-C basketball at South Iredell
St. Stephens basketball vs. Hickory (Senior Night)
L-R golf at Outback Intercollegiate tournament
L-R baseball at Belmont Abbey, 2 p.m.
Enka at Fred T. Foard wrestling, 6 p.m.
St. Stephens at North Iredell wrestling, 6 p.m.
Ashe at Newton-Conover wrestling, 6 p.m.
Bandys at Thomasville wrestling, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 8
L-R basketball at Wingate (women at 6 p.m., men at 8 p.m.)
Maiden appointed a new member to its town council Monday night to replace Howard Ervin, who resigned unexpectedly last month.
In a 3-1 vote, the council appointed Trina Michael.
Michael, a registered nurse at Graystone Ophthalmology, has attended nearly every council meeting for the past two years.
â€śIâ€™ve lived all my life in Maiden, and I have a great interest in the town,â€ť she said. â€śI want to represent my community well.â€ť
Emergency personnel are evacuating some residents in the Rock Barn area of Conover due to a gas leak, according to Catawba County emergency communications.
At 7:30 p.m., a communications worker said no additional information about the leak and its affect on residents is currently available.
Margaret Louise Hines Keever, 87, of Conover, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at Frye Regional Medical Center. The Keever family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Conover.
Mary Helen Hendrix Martin, 85, of Hickory, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Bass-Smith Funeral Home & Crematory in Hickory is serving the family.